Players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported Royal Voluntary Service since 2015, raising over £11 Million to facilitate its work in communities across Britain.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, Royal Voluntary Service and its dedicated volunteers have been able to continue providing vital support, which is needed now more than ever.
Safe, Vital Support
In communities across Britain, volunteers are helping to make sure that their older and more vulnerable neighbours have food and other essential items delivered, can get to urgent medical appointments, and are phoned up regularly for a chat and a check on their welfare. It's so important to make sure that volunteers can carry out their roles safely. They're provided with clear guidance on how to safely support someone who is self-isolating and what to do if they have a concern about someone's welfare.
Volunteers also continue to provide crucial help to people who are adjusting from a crisis situation, such as those being discharged from hospital who are also required to limit face-to-face contact. They are working to ensure everything is in place for a safe return home and that they have everything they need when they arrive. They then keep in touch with regular check-ins over the phone.
Virtual Village Hall
Usually, Royal Voluntary Service helps older people stay connected to their communities through a network of volunteer-run groups, providing a range of activities from lunch clubs to craft sessions, coffee mornings to dance classes. Sadly, it has had to pause these groups as we all follow the social distancing requirements. It has taken some of these activities online through its Virtual Village Hall, where people can try out new activities including arts, crafts and cookery for free.
This support makes a real difference to people's lives, with older people letting the charity know that they feel happier, have more social contact and feel more connected to their communities as a result of these services and activities.
It's not just of benefit to those being given help - the volunteers also really benefit from having opportunities to make a positive contribution to their communities. They have said that through their volunteering roles they feel more connected too, have the chance to put their skills to good use and feel physical and emotional wellbeing benefits.
During the current crisis, Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are providing a vital lifeline to many.